Film Noir (French phrase meaning black film or cinema) is a term for movies mostly made between the early 1940s and the early 1950s – movies such as The Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity, Laura, and In a Lonely Place. They were photographed in back and white with moody and dramatic lighting, and were typically dark thrillers, crime dramas, and murder mysteries. They usually featured a hard-boiled male character who encountered various femme fatales.
These films were highly stylized and showed the influence of earlier German expressionist cinema. Common themes were the dark side of human nature, cynicism, and doomed love. Visual cues included intense low-key lighting, ominous shadows, and unusual camera angles.
Hats worn by the characters in Film Noir movies featured dramatic and often angular silhouettes and wide brims with womens’ veiled hats employed to great effect.
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